My Shakeology Muffin!

I recently posted a photo of my Shakeology Microwave muffin that I make and I have decided to blog the recipe!

I make a LOT of crazy recipes and I never know if they taste good or not.  Maybe some of my other gluten free, dairy free folks can relate? But i feel like i’m so used to eating weird foods, i could eat cardboard and it would probably taste good!

I came up with my Muffin recipe because i am a psychological eater. I need to chew food.  I can have a smoothie, or even soups, but psychologically i don’t feel satisfied if there is nothing to “chew” on.  I almost always feel unsatisfied and will find something else to eat, defeating the whole purpose of the smoothie!  I don’t know if anyone else has this problem?  But i realized it in my reflection of my eating patternS!  Chewing means a meal to me!  😛

I gave the recipe to another one of my fav bloggers Sara from Workout Brussels Sprouts, and she liked it!  And then I finally convinced my dad to buy Shakeology and try it!

Shakeology is a protein powder/meal replacement shake that is sold by Beachbody.  I am a Beachbody Coach and really LOVE the product.  Being that with my IBS, veggies seem to cause flair ups, i know there are days that I don’t get enough fruits and veggies.  I also know that my body needs extra calcium, so i love that i can get that benefit as well.  I purchase the chocolate vegan flavor, as i cannot have dairy either.  It’s one of the best tasting powders out there for me.

I know that everyone has their own favorites, heck, i also have other over the counter powders that i love, ie. Sunwarrior Vegan Raw.  FAVORITE too!!!

Well, i was worried because i noticed my dad hasn’t been eating 100% great. I’m home and watch what he eats, and i had a sit down, heart to heart with him, that i’m already without a mother, i would prefer not to be a lost child, so he needs to start taking care of himself.  He figured it was worth a shot.  Well, to introduce him to it! I made him my Shakeology Muffin that i eat every morning.  He has A VERY PICKY PALATE.  For someone who is very “vanilla” and meat and potatoes, you’d think he has a side job as a five star critic.  I would get him cupcakes back in NY from places renowned for their bakery pieces, and he was respond “eh, it’s okay”.  I was a little nervous yesterday morning.  But, after one bite, he LOVED it!!  He loves that not only can it satisfy a nutritional need, but also the chocolate craving!

You’ve all probably seen recipes floating around the internet with different microwave muffins.  I actually got my base recipe from a few sites…  and it was more for my Protein Waffles.  I started to have trouble with bananas, which i usually use, and tried to substitute pumpkin puree instead.  It worked great!!  So…. here is my Shakeology Muffin recipe! And the best thing about it, IT’S EASY! i make it the night before and just pop it in to warm it up for breakfast!

1/4 C Egg Whites

1/4 C Pumpkin Puree (or a mashed banana)

1/4 C water, almond milk, or i actually like to use the flavor Polar Seltzer waters

1 Scoop Shakeology

I spray a little container with some coconut oil cooking spray, mix everything together and then pop it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.  Depends on your microwave!

Simple as that!!

I will sometimes add some flavor drops (i get mine from Netrition).  And i will usually top it with Peanut flour (i use Protein Plus Peanut Flour, also available from Netrition.  there is NO added sugar to that brand).

I have tried to use other protein powders and they come up “gummy’ after taking them out of the microwave.  Shakeology is by far the BEST tasting and consistency of them all with my recipe!

I’ve also used the Vegan Tropical too!  Great with fruit!

If you have any questions about my experience with Shakeology please feel free to message me!!

What is your favorite Microwave Muffin recipe???

What’s your favorite protein powder?

Les Mills Combat Review!

So i just finished my Les Mills Combat program! 🙂

 

My twin sis and I bought each other the program for Christmas.  Haha, side note, you know you have a fitness addiction when you buy programs as gifts!  I started the program at the beginning of the new year and just finished last week.

Having done TurboFire for the last few years, and having just finished P90X i was ready for a change.  I liked the Combat video i got with my PUMP series, so I was bursting with excitement at the chance to do this one.

My first few days were a little rough.  It’s always important to remember that when you’re staring a new program, it will take time to adjust to the moves, timing and sequences.  I, thinking I was all fitness queen, didn’t watch the how to videos.  BIG MISTAKE.  After the second class, I popped that one right in.  I don’t know if anyone else likes to get the most of their workouts, but I DO!!!  I wanted to be sure I was doing the moves right!

I got the full package when I ordered, so I had a bunch of DVDs, including the legs and arms.  I LOVE the variety this program has to offer!  It is not as high intensity on the legs as some of the other DVDs i’ve done.  STILL HARD though!  I honestly have never in my life had bicep sweat until I did these videos! My favorite one… the live 60!  LOVE that one!!

I also really enjoyed the HIITS.  They took me a little while to get the hang of them, but once I did I loved the challenge.  How does Dan do all of those Plyo Lunges so early?  My hammies always feel like bricks until 15 minutes into a workout! I really enjoyed how the group showed a variety of levels.  I never felt like I couldn’t do it.  And, as i said, i started to challenge myself.  By the end of the program, i was determined to get at least 10 tuck jumps with the burpees at the end of the Power HIIT!

One thing I really noticed was my abs.  They really “popped” in this 60 day series. All of the twisting really makes a difference.  And I really liked how I got technique that I was missing, or “skipping over” in my previous kickboxing workouts.  I started doing TurboFire again and I noticed that it’s a lot harder because now i’m more focused on my form!  Technique can completely change a program or more regardless of what you’re doing.

In terms of calendar, I followed it to a T.  I added a few days of legs and abs in with it as well.  The abs video is great because it incorporates a lot of planks.  Planks are, far and away, the BEST ab exercises.  It really challenges you to use your entire core.  That’s the one thing I really wanted to work on in this workout was my love handles and back bulge.  I didn’t focus that much on my back during P90X, well lower back, and i noticed that pocket over my jeans. I don’t have that anymore.  My core is as strong as I think it will ever be!

However, abs are always made in the kitchen!  I followed an entirely Clean diet.  Lots of lean proteins, greens, and I ate my Shakeology muffin every morning for extra protein and healthified yumminess!

The price point was great compared to some of my previous Beachbody programs!  This was was definitely doable for my bank account!

I will be hosting a challenge group coming up after ST. Patty’s day! 60 days! If you’re interested, let me know!  I’ll be doing it with one of my fellow girls, Sara!

Overall, i would totally 150% recommend this program!!  PLUS, who DOESN’T LOVE TO LISTEN TO ACCENTS!!!!!!!!

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The “No Shake” Shakeology Recipes!! and Day 2 P90x

So today was Day 2 P90X, Plyometrics.  Going into any cardio program, I get nervous.  If it’s not Chalene Johnson, I get nervous.  I tried a few other programs and always ended up going back to Turbo.  Talk about a “soulmate” workout! Never want to give it up,  I feel like it’s now in my blood.

But, I bucked up and “got ‘er done”.  And it kicked my butt! I liked that it was hard, but I COULD DO IT!!  That’s a big thing with me.  If I can’t do it, I will get frustrated and give up.  I could finish, but it was still a great challenge!  Max heart rate over 180 and average was 148!  Score!! Less than an hour and 458 Calories burned!!  I was a sweaty mess.

PS, i wore my home made TurboFire DVD to show my “pride” for the program that prepared me to take on the P90X challenge for myself!

Oh and side note, that little space in front of your arm pits, YeAH SORE!!!! No more push-ups, feeling the pain from yesterday!

I also took the Fumbs for a lovely little walk this morning.  It was 40 something degrees out, so of course it was perfect Newfie Walking Weather! It was also a wonderful time to pull out my Uggs!!

He’s so cute! 🙂

Okay, back to the point of the post, my Shakeology “No Shake” Recipes!  I LOVE food, eating food.  Shakes are great, but I sometimes like to bite my food!  So I have taken the notion of using Protein powder as a “flour” and flown with iT!!  Here are a few of my favorites!! All made with Chocolate Vegan Shakeology! *Yah Gluten & Dairy Free**

Shakeology Frosting

This is super easy!  1 Scoop Chocolate Shakeology and then add water or Almond Breeze Coconut/Almond Milk to desired consistency.  Add slowly!!  To this Frosting, I added 1/2 apple, 2 Tbs cranberries, and 1/2 Tbs Peanut flour.  Kind of like a cran/apple take on a Nutella and Jelly!

I have also added my Shakeology frosting to my Kabocha Squash.  Kabocha is a sweeter squash, so I gave it a shot.  I think it might be an acquired taste, but i’m willing to try things at least once!  This one stuck!

Shakeology Balls I have made these two ways!  The first try was Chalene’s REcipes that I found online!

INGREDIENTS:

 8 Tablespoons PB2 or peanut flour

3 Tablespoons Almond Butter (I make my own)

½ Cup Shakeology Protein Powder

3 Tablespoons Raw Honey

½ Cup Quick Oats

DIRECTIONS:

 Mix PB2 with water until it’s a paste like consistency. Mix all ingredients, including the PB2 mixture together in a mixing bowl. It make take some time to blend all of the ingredients together. If it’s too sticky, sprinkle in additional protein powder so that it’s a pretty dry/crumbly texture.

Roll mixture into small individual balls, I made mine as small as 1/2 a ping pong ball and place on a wax sheet. Makes about 24 balls, Put in freezer until firm. The regular recipe makes 12, but i like to have 2 instead of just 1! 🙂 Psychology! 😛

I also made these with pumpkin instead of the Almond Butter and used rice crisp cereal instead of the oats!  Still yummy!  But needed a little more peanut flour!  Change with consistency!

I took these balls and then added one of them chopped, frozen to my yogurt concoction.  They make a great cookie to put on top of stuff!!

And I saved the BEST for last!! My Shakeology WAffles! Or Pancakes!!

Super Easy!!!!  1 Scoop Shakeology, 1 Tbs Peanut flour, 1/2 banana, 1/4 egg whites, and then add water to create consistency.  Or for extra fullness add Almond/Coconut milk.  I always add a dash of oriental 5 spice, or salt if I’ve had a really intense sweat for the day.  Then bake in a waffle pan or in the skillet!

If you want a puffy/dutch baby pancake, I do the same thing but add 1 egg white beaten stiff and then fold it into the wet.  I bake it at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.  It should puff up a little to make one pancake!  All ovens are a little different, so you might have to play with this one!

Do you ever play with odd food combos??

Now that we’re in the lovely fall season, what are your favorite parts of the change of seasons??